Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe (September 30, 2019)

Location: Lilongwe

Event: Demonstrations are planned in Lilongwe tomorrow, October 1, 2019. The demonstration will begin at Lilongwe Community Ground, then proceed down the M1, then on to Kamuzu Procession Road and into Chilambula Road, then back to the M1 to the Area 18 roundabout to Presidential Way and end at Capital Hill.  If you are outside of Lilongwe, please exercise caution, since demonstrations may erupt in other cities across the country. The U.S. Embassy is scheduled to remain open for normal operations.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition has called for mass demonstrations to continue until the Malawi Electoral Commission Chair, Jane Ansah, resigns. Looting and vandalism have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities.

Actions to Take:  The U.S. Embassy recommends that you:

  • Exercise caution when moving around Lilongwe.
  • If you see a barrier or individuals blocking your path, turn around and find an alternate route.
  • If you are unable to depart, keep your windows up and your doors locked, seek shelter if needed.
  • Avoid large crowds and always leave yourself room to maneuver.